A Story as Sharp as a Knife: The Classical Haida Mythtellers and Their World
The Haida world is a misty archipelago a hundred stormy miles off the coasts of British Columbia and Alaska. For more than a thousand years before the Europeans came, a great culture flourished on these islands. In 1900 and 1901 the linguist and ethnographer John Swanton took dictation from the last traditional Haida-speaking storytellers, poets, and historians. Robert Bringhurst worked for many years with these manuscripts, and here he brings them to life in the English language. A Story as Sharp as a Knife brings a lifetime of passion and a broad array of skills-humanistic, scientific, and poetic-to focus on a rich and powerful tradition that the world has long ignored.
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Review: A Story as Sharp as a Knife: The Classical Haida Mythtellers and Their WorldUser Review - Barnaby Thieme - Goodreads
Bringhurst has expended enormous care in creating this marvelous collection of translations of myths and legends from the Haida people, many of which were carefully transcribed a century ago by ... Read full review
Review: A Story as Sharp as a Knife: The Classical Haida Mythtellers and Their WorldUser Review - Kathleen O'Nan - Goodreads
This brilliant compilation of tales of Native Americans of the Northwest, including the Makah, is more academic than I expected. However, the tales, stripped of the academic appraisal, are lovely and worth reading on their own. Read full review